Billionaire David Rubenstein said Thursday that media mogul Oprah Winfrey has a much better job than being president of the United States.
"Which is being Oprah," said Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chief executive of private equity giant The Carlyle Group, which has $170 billion of assets under management and controlling interests in more than 200 companies.
Rubenstein was speaking in a wide-ranging interview with CNBC's "Squawk Box." When asked whether Winfrey could run for president, Rubenstein said: "Oprah is higher than being president of the United States. ... I mean she can do anything she wants. Nobody criticizes her and she is a terrific person."
Billionaire businesswoman Winfrey, CEO of Harpo Productions and the Oprah Winfrey Network, is widely known for hosting her international talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show." In 2011, Oprah launched her network. Winfrey is also an investor and partner of Weight Watchers. She recently joined Kraft Heinz in a new supermarket venture.
Talks circulated that Winfrey could make a run for president after President Donald Trump, a businessman, won the election. In March, she told Bloomberg, she never considered it before but after Trump's victory she thought "Oh? Oh!'"